Your home is intended to be the place where you feel the safest and the most secure. And yet, it’s this sense of comfort that leaves people off-guard and causes accidents to happen. Accidents that take place in the home are actually very common.

Do you know the safety hazards at home that you should be aware of? Preventive steps are the best way to ensure that accidents don’t occur. Read on, and we’ll walk you through a few common issues and how to deal with them.

1. Mold Growth

Have you lived in your house for some time, or is it a particularly old model? You might be at risk of mold growing somewhere in your home. Mold spores get into a home through the air or by attaching to people or pets while they’re outside.

If you or a loved one in your home has a respiratory problem, having mold somewhere in the home can pose a serious health risk. Mold can cause issues with people in the home’s ability to breathe.

Controlling the amount of moisture in the home is one preventive step you can take to stop mold from growing. It’s also worth looking into the mold inspection process if you’re uncertain whether or not there’s mold currently in your home.

2. Slips and Falls

When it comes to home accidents, falls are the most common and also the most dangerous. There are a number of fatalities every year that are the result of people tripping and falling down stairs or onto hard surfaces in their own homes.

Serious injuries can result from these kinds of slips, trips, and falls, especially to those who are above the age of sixty.

There are things you can do to minimize the risk of these types of incidents. If you have small children, put gates up on either side of the staircase so they can’t enter without supervision. Elderly residents might want to consider installing a chairlift, or at the very least, keep any and all items off of the stairs.

3. Carbon Monoxide

Another silent killer that can sneak into the relative safety of our homes? This invisible and smell-less gas: carbon monoxide. Breathing in too much carbon monoxide can be fatal. How can you prevent this?

Your home likely already comes with carbon monoxide sensors installed. In most states, this is a legal requirement. The best prevention tip is to just ensure that these sensors are working properly.

Make sure that these sensors have an annual check-up done by a professional. That way you can rest easy knowing an alarm will sound if there’s ever an unusual level of carbon monoxide present in your home.

3 Common Hazards at Home

The world outside is scary enough, it can be hard to find time to worry about the safety conditions in our own home. However, taking proper prevention steps for these hazards at home can all-important for our overall safety.

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